This generation has seen its fair share of epic titles, captivating narratives and intense action -- but not very many iconic, unique, or influential game characters in comparison to previous generations. Luckily though, there are a few of these figures in the current generation.
The star of PS3's LittleBigPlanet is Sackboy (or Sackgirl, depending on the player's gender). While LittleBigPlanet itself is short on the story and more about the gameplay, Sackboy does represent something as a video game character: creativity and imagination. In LittleBigPlanet, players are free to create basically any type of level they want to and play through them. Players can also share their creations with each other over PlayStation Network -- adding an almost limitless stream of content to enjoy. On top of that, Sackboy himself can be changed to better suit the player's imagination.
Linebeck debuted in the first DS outing for the Zelda series -- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Linebeck's role as far as gameplay is concerned is minimal in Phantom Hourglass, but he does add a sort of "selfish humor" to the game. As Link's side kick, Linebeck constantly tries to get out of doing physical tasks and attempts to claim all the fame for himself; one of the best examples of this is when the pirate Joline boards Linebeck's ship, prompting the middle aged sailor to hide in a barrel as Link fights the pirate. As the game's story progresses, however, traces of some dignity in Linebeck's personality start to show up. Eventually, he plays a large role in defeating the game's end boss.
Nathan "Nate" Drake is the protagonist of the Uncharted series and the supposed descendant of legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake. Nate is basically a modern day Indiana Jones: he explores the reaches of the world, fights the bad guys and looks classy while doing it. As players progress through the game, Nate will often make sarcastic comments and taunts about his current predicament, adding a great deal of life to the character.
The main character of the No More Heroes series is definitely a humorous and very unique character. Travis Touchdown is an assassin trying to make his way to the number one rank in both No More Heroes games. Travis has a punk style that fits the overall presentation of the games he stars in, along with an Otaku nature. All the sexual innuendos Travis makes add to complete his unique and funny personality.
Captain Price (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series)
Marcus Fenix (Gears of War series)
Captain Rainbow (Captain Rainbow)
Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)
What are your favorite game characters this generation?
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